The Delaware Hayes High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams were represented in the Division I state meet by the 200-yard freestyle relays.
The boys team of senior Andrew Parker, juniors Kael Gannon and Lucas Pape and freshman Zach Ward finished 15th in 1 minute, 27.91 seconds in the consolation final Feb. 24 at Branin Natatorium in Canton after setting the school record the day before with a 1:27.46 in the preliminaries.
"They swam great," first-year coach Jordan Nicol said. "They were seeded 18th and finished 16th in the prelims and then moved up another spot in the (consolation final). They were so excited and pumped to be there."
The Pacers scored four points to tie for 44th behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (413) as 51 teams scored.
The girls 200 free relay of juniors Danielle Ward and Valerie Keller, sophomore Lauren Ertz and freshman Rena Ouyang was seeded 23rd and finished 23rd in 1:39.89 on Feb. 23. The top 16 finishers scored.
"Most of the girls were tapered for sectional and it's difficult to maintain that for three weeks," Nicol said. "But they were happy to be there and I thought Danielle and Valerie had great swims. We're excited for the future."
Both relays earned at-large state berths from the district meet that concluded Feb. 17 at Ohio University, where the boys finished fourth (1:27.81) and the girls placed ninth (1:39.35).
Also competing at district for the boys team were the 200 medley relay of Ward, junior Paul Carter, Gannon and Parker (seventh, 1:38.08), sophomore Sam Sulek in diving (10th, 348.6 points), Gannon in the 50 free (tied for 13th, 22.22) and 100 butterfly (14th, 54.71), Carter in the 100 breaststroke (15th, 1:01.21), Ward in the 100 fly (15th, 54.81) and 200 individual medley (19th, 2:02.69), Parker in the 50 free (19th, 22.38) and 100 free (22nd, 49.82) and the 400 free relay (DQ).
Also competing at district for the girls were Ward in the 100 backstroke (ninth, 59.04) and 100 fly (tied for 13th, 58.66), Ouyang in the 100 fly (18th, 59.31), Keller in the 50 free (22nd, 25.18) and 100 free (27th, 54.85), sophomore Elizabeth Abahazi in the 200 free (25th, 2:02.03) and 500 free (27th, 5:38.6), the 400 free relay (17th, 3:48.92) and the 200 medley relay (DQ).
The boys team is losing five seniors, including Parker and Ethan Hall, who competed in the 400 free relay at district, and the girls are losing four, none of whom competed at district.
Four wrestlers qualified for district
Sophomore Corbin May led four members of the wrestling team into the Division I district tournament March 2 and 3 at Hilliard Darby.
May was runner-up at 160 pounds in the 10-team sectional Feb. 24 at Newark and entered district with a 30-13 record.
Juniors Jacob McCloskey (182) and Zach Williams (132) and sophomore Mason Sutandar (170) all finished fourth. Entering district, Williams was 29-13, Sutandar was 25-15 and McCloskey was 20-15.
Finishing fifth and serving as district alternates were seniors Demeko Barnes (126, 16-11) and Zane Hypes (195, 22-11).
Junior J.P. Lantz (heavyweight, 6-19), sophomore Nathan Robinson (220, 21-15) and freshman Tamas Eder (106, 12-20) all finished sixth. Also competing were sophomores Tristan Burton (145, 9-19), Zach Raquepaw (120, 15-19) and Ethan Rupp (138, 4-12) and freshman Clay Ours (152, 5-16).
The Pacers scored 101 points to tie Newark for fifth behind champion Lancaster (223).
At district, the top four placers in each weight class advanced to the state tournament Thursday, March 8, through Saturday, March 10, at Ohio State.
Girls bowlers reached district
The girls bowling team competed in the Division I district tournament March 3 at HP Lanes, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the state tournament Saturday, March 10, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
In the 37-team sectional Feb. 24 at HP Lanes, the Pacers finished third (3,486) behind champion Gahanna (3,642) and Whitehall (3,617), as the top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district.
Senior Emma Wasielewski led Delaware with a 616 series (227-206-183) to finish second of 208 competitors, behind Whitehall's Madison Stiffler (677).
Also competing for the Pacers were Reagan Olson (11th, 522), Kelsey Rohrer (27th, 478), Jenna Van Gundy (38th, 455) and McKenzie Cooke (59th, 419).
The boys team finished 20th (3,146) in the 38-team sectional Feb. 23 at HP Lanes behind champion Westerville Central (3,836), falling 62 pins shy of 16th-place Groveport.
D.J. Cocherl led the Pacers, finishing 51st (482) of 220 competitors. Whetstone's Nathan Vokac (45th, 493) earned the final individual district-qualifying spot.
Also competing in three games for Delaware were Dillon Murfield, (58th, 476) and Shaun Bendele (97th, 435). Talon Coffee (332) competed in two games and Mark Copley (132) bowled one.
Season ends for boys basketball team
The boys basketball team finished 10-13 overall after losing to 11th-seeded Westerville Central 47-39 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 24.
The 32nd-seeded Pacers trailed 42-39 with 25 seconds left before the Warhawks sealed the game by making five of six free-throw attempts.
Delaware played without three key players for most of the fourth quarter when it was outscored 18-7. Junior guard/forward Jwan Lyles suffered a back injury late in the third quarter and sophomore forward Addison Harvey suffered a hip injury minutes later. Junior forward Terin Kinsway missed time with foul trouble.
"The amount of heart and toughness our kids played with was awesome," coach Jordan Blackburn said. "I was proud. They dealt with a ton of adversity and played well. In a span of three minutes, we lost two of our biggest kids and best rebounders (Kinsway and Lyles) and our best defensive player (Harvey)."
Sophomore point guard Nate Griggs had 16 points and Kinsway scored eight to lead the Pacers, who went 5-7 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to place fifth behind Hilliard Bradley (12-0), Darby (7-5), Dublin Jerome and Worthington Kilbourne (both 6-6) and ahead of Dublin Scioto (4-8) and Thomas Worthington (2-10).
Kinsway averaged 16.4 points and 9.6 rebounds and was named first-team all-league and second-team all-district. Griggs averaged 14.1 points and 3.1 assists, set the school record for 3-point accuracy in a season (50.7 percent, 34-for-67) and was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.
Harvey averaged 4.5 points and 4.1 assists and sophomore forward Paul Burris averaged 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Delaware went 3-7 in games decided by four points or fewer.
"Last year, we were treading water in the sense of knowing that if we didn't play close to perfect, there were some games we were going to get beaten badly," Blackburn said. "This year, we had a chance to win all of those games.
"With a much tougher schedule, we won more conference games and closed the gap on our opponents. In the final minute of league games this year, we had the lead and the ball in nine of our 12 games. We lost four league games by three points or fewer."
The Pacers are losing four seniors in guards Chole Barton, Paul Frentsos and Tracey Sumner and forward Dom Byers. Barton left the team early in the season because of medical issues, according to Blackburn.
The other expected returning letterwinners are junior forward Jack Weller and freshman guard Ryan Smudz.
"With seven returning letterwinners, we are very excited to get back at it," Blackburn said. "You have to psychologically earn the right to win. Next year, our mantra is 'finish,' and we will be ready to do that."
Gymnasts finish season at district
The gymnastics team finished the season in the district meet Feb. 24 at Kilbourne.
Delaware finished 15th (119.325) of 24 teams, as Thornville Sheridan (145.425), Olentangy (139.5) and Bradley (135.425) earned berths for the team state meet March 2 at Bradley. The top eight finishers in each event and the all-around advanced to the individual state meet March 3 at Bradley.
Junior Elise Mays led the Pacers in the all-around (32nd, 31.975), vault (24th, 8.25) and floor exercise (29th, 8.625).
Sophomore Chelsey Co was 63rd (29.45) in the all-around, followed by freshman Sophia Hance (72nd, 28.375), sophomore Caitie Lipps (76th, 27.05) and freshman Jeorgia Turturice (92nd, 25.0).
Co had the team's highest finish on balance beam (46th, 8.15) and sophomore Liz White led the team on uneven bars (62nd, 7.35).
The Pacers, who have no seniors, finished fifth in the overall OCC-Cardinal standings (14 points, 3-3 record), behind Darby (28, 6-0), Bradley (24, 5-1) and Jerome (20, 4-2) and ahead of Kilbourne (12, 1-5), Thomas (10, 2-4) and Scioto (4, 0-6).
In the league meet Feb. 10 at Kilbourne, the Pacers placed fifth (120.975) behind champion Darby (132.925), as Mays won beam (8.8) and placed second on floor (8.95), fifth on vault (8.1), 17th on bars (7.05) and sixth in the all-around (32.9).
"We have a real young team and if we improve as much next year as we did this year, it'll be a wonderful season," coach Heather Besselman said. "The girls are all small, so I'm hoping they can build some more muscle before next year."
@Brad_ThisWeekAt a glance
*Record: 10-13 overall, 5-7 (fifth) in OCC-Cardinal
*Seniors lost: Chole Barton, Dom Byers, Paul Frentsos and Tracey Sumner
*Key returnees: Paul Burris, Nate Griggs, Addison Harvey, Terin Kinsway and Jwan Lyles
*Finishes: Fifth in OCC-Cardinal, 16th at district
*Seniors lost: None
*Key returnees: Chelsey Co, Elise Mays and Liz White
SWIMMING & DIVING
*Finishes: Boys -- Second in OCC-Cardinal, second at sectional, 13th at district, tied for 44th at state; Girls -- Second in OCC-Cardinal, fourth at sectional, 20th at district, did not score at state
*Seniors lost: Boys -- Ethan Hall, Zach Kendrick, Thomas Meehan, Andrew Parker and Andrew Sarna; Girls -- Ali Brockett, Emma Fenton, Aurora Kendrick and Josie Palumbo
*Key returnees: Boys -- Paul Carter, Kael Gannon, Lucas Pape, Sam Sulek and Zach Ward; Girls -- Elizabeth Abahazi, Lauren Ertz, Val Keller, Rena Ouyang and Danielle Ward